Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina.
The 20 year old cost a fee of around £2m, and has signed a long-term contract with the club.
It’s a sign that Arsene Wenger is making plans to cope with the age profile of his current centre-halves, with Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season, Laurent Koscielny is 32 and hampered by an ongoing Achilles problem, while Nacho Monreal is 31.
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The Gunners do have younger options, with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers in the early stages of their careers, while Shkodran Mustafi is 25.
The new boy is expected to join Werder Bremen on loan to continue his development, and his readiness for first team action at Arsenal will be assessed in the summer.